British ship bound for Australia with 250 souls aboard sinks in the Bay of Biscay and all but 19 are lost
The British steamship London sailed from Gravesend in England for Australia with a full cargo, 163 passengers and 89 crew on December 13, 1865. After several delays due to bad weather, she reached the Bay of Biscay on January 10, 1866 and encountered violent seas. The overloaded ship foundered and sank the following day with the loss of all but nineteen of those aboard. (By John Osborne)
William J. Lawrence, Gustavus Vaughan Brooke, The life of Gustavus Vaughan Brooke, Tragedian (Belfast, N.I: W. & G. Baird, 1893), 268-275.